North Carolina is a farmer's paradise! So what is agritourism exactly? Agritourism supports the economy by connecting farms that supply fresh products to area restaurants, farmers markets and other businesses, with local patrons and visitors. Agritourism also plays an important role to the local economy, and the Lake Norman area is booming with exciting opportunities.
SAVOR LOCAL FLAVORS
The banks of Lake Norman have become a hub for fresh food and farmer's markets! The area is rich in local and NC produce that allow for many restaurants, attractions and events to take advantage. An array of restaurants such as Kindred, pride themselves in shopping local and providing only the freshest seasonal ingredients into their unique and delicious dishes. Another local favorite, 131 Main informs its patrons about the freshly caught seafood and other ingredients being used. And we can't forget Fork in Cornelius, who uses produce from local farmers markets to provide mouthwatering dishes.
SHOPPING & EVENTS TO FILL THE CALENDAR
Area farmers markets in each town offers wide varieties of produce, homemade goods, art, wine and so much more. You'll feel right at home while browsing the aisles of our farmers markets. You can also enjoy area events that promote agritourism such as the Annual Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze, an area favorite that begins the first weekend in September. Enjoy not just the exciting events but the quaint stores that are stocked full of organic produce, local meats, honey and baked goodies that are just right down the road at the Bradford Store and Farm and the Old Store Produce in Huntersville.
Also nearby are the Metrolina Greenhouses, a family owned plant wholesaler and services company growing since 1972. Metrolina provides large retailers, mass merchandisers, and home improvement chains with plants of all shapes and sizes. Take a tour of the largest single-site heated greenhouse in the United States right here in Lake Norman! With a growing food and beverage scene and lush agriculture, Lake Norman should be on your list of ‘go to' places for shopping local and experiencing agritourism at its finest.
Take a peek into the growing craft beer and wine industries with behind the scenes tours and tastings!